Scaffolds in Red by Avantika Bawa

This The Show Window: Mumbai, Scaffolds in Red by Avantika Bawa, is an extension of the artist’s exploration of modularity and the built environment through scaffolds. Here, the artist uses combinations of colour, form, scale and location to respond to the topography and geography of the site, transforming the scaffold beyond its functional purpose into an aesthetic engagement with space.
 
The lines of these cut out radium vinyl works echo the silhouettes of the building as well as Mumbai’s ever evolving and glowing skyline. 
 
On view from 11th November 2021 at Le Mill, 1st Floor, Pheroze Building, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg, above Indigo Deli, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005
 
Avantika Bawa lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Originally from New Delhi, India, she received an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in the same from the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India.She has participated in the Skowhegan, Ucross Foundation, MacDowell, Kochi Biennial Foundation, Yucca Valley Material Lab, and Djerassi residencies among others. Noteworthy solo exhibits include shows at The Portland Art Museum, OR, Schneider Museum, Ashland, OR, Suyama Space, Seattle, WA, The Columbus Museum, GA; Saltworks Gallery and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA; Nature Morte and Gallery Maskara in India; White Box, Tilt Gallery & Project Space and Disjecta, Portland, OR.
 
Bawa is the recipient of several awards, notably the Oregon Arts Commission Joan Shipley Award, the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts 2018 Golden Spot Residency Award, and the Hallie Ford Fellowship presented by the Ford Family Foundation. In April 2004 she was part of a team that launched Drain – Journal for Contemporary Art and Culture. http://www.drainmag.com.
 
In 2014 Avantika was appointed to the board of the Oregon Arts Commission. She is currently Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University, Vancouver, WA.

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